The 1.5-acre Maine island that is "unspoiled" and rich in wildlife is on the market for $339,000.
Ducks Ledges Island is owned by the Realtor Billy Milliken, who has conditions for the new owner.
Milliken said anyone interested in buying the private island needs to spend a night there alone.
Ducks Ledges, a private island a 10-minute boat ride from the coast of Maine, is on the market for $339,000.
Up for a private island on the Northeastern coast of the US?
Ducks Ledges Island is a 1.5-acre landmass on the market in Wohoa Bay, Maine. The price: $339,000.
Billy Milliken, the island's owner and real-estate agent in charge of the sale with Bold Coast Properties, told Insider that the island offers a lot to a new caretaker. Even though it feels remote when you're on the island, it's a 10-minute boat ride from Jonesport, Maine.
"It's out there far enough that you're away from any noises and lights," said Milliken, who has owned the island since 2007. "There's a very dark sky out there, so nighttime is beautiful."
But to qualify as a potential buyer, Milliken says, interested parties need to stay a night on the island.
Being able to afford the price tag is one thing. But Milliken has an additional stipulation: Anyone interested in Ducks Island needs to be prepared to spend a night on the island and win over Milliken.
"I'm sticking to my plan in that to qualify as a buyer, you've got to stay," he said. His reasoning is that he wants the new owner to see the value in the island's natural landscape but also be willing to deal with its quirks.
Two parties have already completed the overnight request, and three more are scheduled to visit in the coming days, he said. If more than one potential buyer qualified, Milliken said the deciding factor would be his instinct.
"It's going to be coming from the gut," Milliken, 52, said. "When it's right, it's right. I'll feel it, and they'll feel it."
The island comes with a quaint 540-square-foot cottage that features unobstructed views of the surrounding waters.
When Milliken bought the island, the original property had fallen into disrepair. "We tore it down and built a brand-new one," he said of the existing cabin.
Given today's building laws in proximity to water, it's a rare find, Milliken said. Today it would be more challenging to erect the same structure on Ducks Ledges.
"If you find a little island like Ducks Ledges, you can't necessarily build a cottage on it," he said. Ducks Ledges slips by because the island's structure predates new zoning laws, allowing for an existing nonconforming structure to stand legally.
What also makes Ducks Ledges so unique is the lack of trees on the island, which allows unobstructed views of the water. "You have a front-row seat," Milliken added.
The cottage sleeps up to four people.
The cabin is cozy and can comfortably fit up to four people. There are two beds in the loft, and Milliken said he keeps air mattresses for additional overnight guests.
Throughout the years, Milliken has shared the island with his family and close friends, who he said tend to make day trips rather than stay overnight.
The cottage is 20 feet from the edge of the water, but Milliken said it can withstand flooding.
The downside to being so close to the water is the risk of flooding during storms.
Milliken said most of the bad weather takes place between October and May. He typically stays away from the island at that time because it's unfit for "man or beast," he said.
But despite a long stretch away from the property, the cabin remains intact. It was built with the rugged environment in mind.
"There's been three different times when the storm surges have come up to the cottage, and maybe under the cottage to a degree," Milliken said. "But it's elevated. It's never ever damaged the structure or the flooring."
Milliken said he's only ever used the space as a summertime getaway. Wintertime, he added, is no joke.
For Milliken, the beauty of the island comes during the summer when "you can very much experience the ocean and be part of it," he said. The water provides a cooling effect during warm weather. He recalled coming out to the island during one particularly hot summer.
"It was just such a relief, physical relief," he said of the coastal breeze. "I slept outside in the hammock. It was the best night's sleep I ever had."
But wintertime conditions on the island consist of ice, snow, and storms, which would be a challenge for anyone looking to live there full time. Milliken said it's not beyond the realm of possibility though.
"I had a friend stay there during a storm in the wintertime," Milliken said, adding that the friend was curious to see what it would be like to live off what the island could provide, including fish, clams, and mussels. "He really roughed it. He was ready to come home after three days."
The island also lacks running water and heat.
Modern comforts not afforded to the new owner of Ducks Ledges include running water and heat. If someone is thinking of making it a year-round residence, that's a challenge, Milliken said.
For the bathroom, guests use an outhouse, located a short distance from the cottage.
Milliken said that, for him, Ducks Island has always been a place to visit during the day. His main residence is nearby on the mainland. "It's tempting to come home and take a shower," he added.
But a massive perk of the island is how "unspoiled" and rich with wildlife it is, Milliken said.
Wildlife on the island includes lobsters, seabirds, eagles, and seals, who give birth to pups around the island, Milliken said.
When he finds live seal pups, he calls the Marine Mammal Rescue hotline to rescue them.
"It's so unspoiled there," Milliken said. "You experience nature — it hasn't changed."
To maintain the integrity of the island and its wildlife, Milliken said he'd sell only to someone who felt the same way about keeping it a "special place."
Milliken is upholding a long-standing vision for the island. He said that the owners before him refused to sell the island to an interested party because they wanted to hunt the wildlife on the island.
After spending a decade on Ducks Ledges himself, he understands why the previous owners were so protective.
"In our lives, we're busy, and there's so many distractions, but when you're out on that island, you really feel small," Milliken said. "It's very healthy to be there alone where you can really listen to yourself. You're a guest of nature when you're there."
"The longer I own the island," he added, "I understand even more that it is a special place."
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